Off to see the world

From snow two weeks ago in Seattle to 70 and sunny in Encinitas. What a pleasant change. Our final week in the US for about a year and we already feel like we are on vacation. That’s not to say that this week hasn’t involved any work- we are still trying to pull a bunch [...]

Pre-Trip

Comments Off

Travel-Sized Living

6 months after moving out of our home and into a friend’s spare bedroom, we’re back to packing and moving again.  Luckily we got rid of most of our stuff last spring. The hard part is that what we’re left with now is all the stuff we really want to keep.  But our backpacks are [...]

Pre-Trip

Comments Off

Nervous?

Dave’s resignation goes in today. I’m nervously awaiting a call from him to tell me how it went. Nervous? Yes. I don’t know why. All the months we’ve spent dreaming about today and now that it’s here I’m nervous! Really nervous. Like ‘I want to take medication’ nervous. Every morning for the last year the [...]

Pre-Trip

Comments Off

Send a Sleep Chamber

I think I have officially lost it.  The anticipation of 2011 is trying me and I’m having more and more trouble appreciating the now.  With this has emerged symptoms normally seen in a depressed person and not someone about to partake on the adventure of a lifetime: writers block (what to write about? There’s nothing [...]

Pre-Trip

Comments Off

To my former self, should you ever read this

Looking back on our 2 years of planning and budgeting, I am constantly amazed by how far we have come. As I’ve said before, we are new people when it comes to financial planning and responsibility, and it is unarguably one of the best things that ever happened to us. Now with our trip lingering [...]

Pre-Trip

Comments Off

Change is constant..

RTW tickets out. Freedom in. This is the first of many updates that will report on the ever evolving itinerary set before us. Why? Because the itinerary just got a lot more simple. There isn’t one. In a whirlwind of emails and phone calls between myself and a major US based airline, we’ve decided to [...]

Pre-Trip

Comments Off

Will it make you happy? My thoughts…

But will it make you happy -the now famous article published last week in the New York Times focused on the nation’s dramatic evolution towards simple (and frugal) living. The article was a nod towards our current living situation, and a reminder that we’re not the only ones who have gone through a complete financial [...]

Pre-Trip

Comments Off

The Final Four

Dave and I prepping for a much needed 1 week summer vacation—likely the last one-week vacation I will have for quite awhile. And likely the last travel experience we’ll have as real vacationers and not backpackers. While mid way through packing it occurred to me that when we return we will be embarking on our [...]